While Yo La Tengo’s alleged peers tackle such unambitious tasks as playing-an-album-from-start-to-finish or the time tested, “pretend we actually enjoy playing acoustic guitars” schtick, The Freewheeling Yo La Tengo Tour is barrier-busting leap into the unknown with no precedent we can find (online). Whether you’ve seen Yo La Tengo multiple times or you’ve found their charms elusive until now (impossible, I know), chances are very slim you will emerge from one of the shows below as the same person. For one thing, you’ll be a couple of hours older. For another, you’ll have all sorts of new questions. For instance, is there such thing as “stylistic range muscles” and when will you get another to chance to hear Yo La Tengo flex ’em in such unique settings?
(Filmore, San Francisco, October 19. from Gaelenh’s Flickr page, used without permission)
There’s some non-Freewheeling activity listed after the first batch of shows below, but we if you’re able to catch one of the final Freewheeling shows, we wholeheartedly encourage you to do so. No two will be the same — and that’s not just ’cause the ticket prices vary.
10/29 – Aladdin Theatre, Portland OR
10/30 – Town Hall, Seattle, WA (with Sir Richard Bishop)
11/1 – Palace Of Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA (with Jonathan Richman)
11/2 – Ivar Theatre, Hollywood, CA
11/3 – Ivar Theatre, Hollywood, CA
11/4 – Museum Of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
11/10 – Massachusetts Museum Of Contemporary Art, North Adams, MA
11/15 – Museum Of Fine Arts, Boston, MA (two shows, 6:30 and 9:30pm)
11/16 – Music Hall Of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
other shows :
10/27 – Manifest Festival, Mexico City
11/7 – “I’m Not There : In Concert”, Beacon Theatre, NY (with the Roots, Calexico, the Terry Adams Rock & Roll Quartet, J Mascis, John Doe, My Morning Jacket and many more)
11/11 – Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (with Broken Social Scene & Kevin Drew).
As mentioned previously, tickets for Yo La Tengo’s 8 Hanukkah shows at Maxwell’s are now on sale.